This project will enable the Homes' to provide social support, expertise, education, and sometimes the special equipment needed to meet the ever- changing needs of their differently-abled loved one. Our outreach program provides in-home diagnoses, support, education and equipment, thereby improving the lives of these marginalized ones and their families. We thereby reduce the families' sense of isolation and depression caused by the war and the limitations on their freedom of movement.
Families with a severely impaired loved one, isolated by social stigma, lack the training, the equipment, and to enable them to best to care for their loved one. As he/she grows physically, parents age, siblings marry and move, the situation becomes even more difficult, often resulting in the person's increased isolation, decreased health, functioning and quality of life.. Beds in residential programs are far too limited for the people in need.
The Homes' staff evaluate patients in their homes. Based on the patient's needs, the Homes provide in-home physical and occupational therapy, or arrange for the patient to come to the Homes for services. In addition, Homes' staff teach the caregivers how best to feed, transfer, bathe, and stimulate their loved one--providing as essential equipment for these tasks. Staff check weekly with the families to provide support and meet their changing needs.
This program, already underway with a number of the dozens of families in our area, will enhance the lives of the patients by providing essential them with essential therapies, and their caregivers with the skills, equipment and support to enable them to remain living at home. Caregivers are invited to participate in our existing family support program (now during the war conducted on what's app) so that they can overcome the social stigma and isolation of having an impaired loved one.